Our employability and life skills programme is a vital support for young people navigating the challenges resulting from the Covid pandemic. Society needs the potential they provide; early support will help them unlock it.
We can offer your company a range of exciting, tailored opportunities. Run a virtual Masterclass for young people, choose us as your charity of the year, become a commercial partner, offer student scholarships or support your staff to volunteer at our Insights from Industry and employability workshops to bring the world of work alive.
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Our Masterclass series helps young people make more informed career choices and gives you the opportunity to showcase your company and talk directly to a young, socially diverse potential talent pool about early career roles or apprenticeships.
It is a one hour live recorded webinar, and includes an interactive Q&A session with the students. These can be tailored to be National or Regional.Recent bookings include ITV, NHS, Accenture and Evercore.
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We work with many businesses on a tailored approach, to help them achieve their CSR and Diversity & Inclusion agenda. We offer many touch points to work with students to give them a better understanding of your industry as well as volunteering opportunities for your staff. We offer exposure to hundreds of state secondary schools, sixth form colleges and educators, giving access to a diverse pool of young talent to fill apprenticeships, internships, work experience and employment opportunities.
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Charity of the Year is a special partnership between a business and a charity of their choice. By partnering together, you help ensure Working Options can continue our important work with students, while also letting your team and clients know they are contributing to a truly worthwhile cause.
Charity of the Year can last one or more years and allows your business to officially partner with a charity, not only helping you meet your corporate social responsibility goals but also boosting staff morale, as your team knows their hard work contributes to something beyond the four walls of your office.
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We can support your company to develop and manage a student scholarship programme to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to go to university.Get in touch
We offer ready-made volunteering opportunities through our Insights from Industry sessions or employability workshops (often virtually), providing professional development for your staff.Get in touch
✔ Achieve CSR goals by making a positive impact on young people and society
✔ Multiple staff engagement and volunteering opportunities
✔ Attract young, socially diverse talent to your business
✔ Enhance your brand, Diversity & Inclusion and reputation
✔ Support recognition across all Working Options channels
“Coming from a working-class town and family, I didn’t know how to realise my ambitions and bring my ambition to life in practical terms. Working Options gave me the knowledge and understanding that you just don’t get from college or school or education alone.” [Zara]
young people engaged in schools, colleges and online
free Insights from Industry sessions and employability skills workshops delivered
students participating in our programme have increased career aspirations
students participating in our programme increased their confidence in what is possible for them
industry volunteers delivering Insights from Industry sessions, employability workshops and Masterclasses
St Pierre Groupe gave a generous donation to our Bridge the Gap fundraising campaign and staff volunteer at our sessions for young people.
“For most kids, the only exposure they get to the world of business is through the often negative media. In attending schools and supporting Working Options in Education in this way, we have the opportunity to expose kids to these opportunities and hopefully broaden their horizons. I would urge other businesses to support Working Options in Education in their invaluable, long term investment in the business stars of tomorrow. We will be needing them!” Jeremy Gilboy, Founder, St Pierre Groupe
ITV partnered with us to run our first virtual Masterclass.
“Here at ITV, We’re embracing differences, making new things happen and delivering creativity. The world is changing – and we’re driving that change. We’re More than TV. We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Working Options in providing young people the opportunity to hear about the different opportunities available to them in the world of working for ITV. There is no better time than now to help support the futures of our young people.”
Sacla’ partners with us to provide financial scholarships for university students.
“We chose to offer our scholarships in partnership with Working Options in Education 4 years ago because of their professionalism and their on the ground links with young people. Those from less advantaged backgrounds will be particularly adversely affected going forward, so we wanted to increase the number of scholarships we can offer. We hope other companies in our sector will consider doing the same.” Clare Blampied, MD, Sacla
Clasado staff raised funds for our Bridge the Gap campaign and also volunteer for our sessions with young people.
“We are delighted to support Working Options and its mission to deliver valuable life skills and employability programmes to schools and colleges. Our team is motivated to get involved because the core ethos of building skills and knowledge is absolutely central to who we are at Clasado. It’s woven into the fabric of our business, and we’re pleased to help out such a fantastic cause that’s so close to home for us.” Per Rehné, CEO, Clasado
Newton is a long-term strategic supporter and funder.
“Newton is a long-term supporter of Working Options in Education. Our volunteering day in partnership with them is a great way for our team to use their skills to help young people at a time when youth employment prospects are so adversely affected and they need support to prepare for their futures more than ever.” Andrew Hawes, Founder, Newton
NatWest has run in-house financial capability workshops for young people.
“As part of a new collaboration with NatWest Group we will be promoting its Financial Foundations Workshops to all our partner schools and colleges for students to access. These workshops are for anyone who would like to improve their understanding of basic financial concepts and products. We’ll also be encouraging our partner schools and colleges to sign up for NatWest’s Dream Bigger course which is focused on developing transferrable entrepreneurial skills in 16-18-year-old females.”
Staff from insurance advisory business Partners& selected us as their Charity of the Year.
“In October 2021, we invited our people to vote for the charity we will support in 2022. We selected Working Options in Education. As a business, we are committed to helping young people to learn about the insurance sector, explore its many facets and consider it as a viable career option. We’re excited to start working to make a difference.”
Jonathan Miller, Sales Director, Partners&
“Accenture are committed to finding the best new young talent with an interest in the tech industry. We were delighted to work with Working Options to talk to students about our upcoming apprenticeships as they gave us access to a diverse range of young people.”
Magdalena Kostka, Accenture
“The Moondance Foundation offers grants to organisations and causes that provide transformational changes in communities in Wales and beyond.”
“Founded by former UK Cabinet Minister, Rt Hon. Justine Greening, and UK entrepreneur David Harrison, the Social Mobility Pledge represents a powerful and pioneering shift towards being a truly purpose-led organisation committed to social mobility.”
“Movement to Work inspires employers to help young people change their lives through positive encounters with work. Our member employers are in a unique position to bring about powerful and lasting change that can unlock the potential of young people.”
“Youth Employment UK is an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment. As experts on youth employment and unemployment, we are ideally placed to understand the complex landscape facing young people, employers and policy makers.”
“Set up by Sir Brian and Lady Elizabeth Souter, the charitable trust assists projects engaged in the relief of human suffering in the UK and overseas.”
“At the Sir James Knott Trust we support charitable activity in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Hartlepool, by making grants to organisations. The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England.”
“The Worshipful Company of Weavers’ is delighted to support projects that are innovative and support young people develop meaningful and life-fulfilling careers. Working Options in Education have identified how they have a scalable model to reach more young people at a time when inequality of opportunity may be greater than ever before.”
“We are looking forward to providing an insight into NHS organisations and the opportunities available for students and highlighting the extraordinary careers that are on offer. We are proud to partner with Working Options who have access to thousands of students. There is no better time than now to help support the futures of our young people.”
Nicole Baker, Project Officer Talent for Care & Rob Brooks, Apprenticeship Relationship Manager, National Talent for Care
“With our grant, Working Options in Education will be able to expand its successful Career Pathways Programme sessions in schools and colleges and act as delivery partner on our behalf to include our Personal Development workshops in their free offering to students. The support will allow for even more young people to have the opportunity to access support in developing life skills and positive mindsets.”
Stephen Burke, CEO Hemraj Goyal Foundation
“With our grant, Working Options in Education will be able to expand its successful ‘Insight from Industry’ sessions in schools and colleges in Essex and East London. They will also help us put on a national conference about the social care sector and career opportunities within it. Young people are increasingly looking for careers that make a difference in our society – and they can definitely do that with the wide range of opportunities working in care.”
Stephen Burke, CEO Hallmark Foundation
“Investor Allstars is delighted to partner with Working Options in Education, an amazing employability and life skills charity that has been helping young people fulfil their potential since 2010. We strongly believe in the importance of inspiring and engaging young people from all backgrounds to fulfil their true potential.”
Manish Madhvani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, GP Bullhound
“We are partnering with Working Options in Education on a Masterclass for young people to learn about the world of investment banking and what life could be like starting your career at Evercore!”
Carys Martin, Human Capital Group Analyst, Evercore
Working Options in Education are very proud to be working with google.org to reach more students to go from learner to earner. as well as in person, and the support google.org is giving us will go a long way in helping us to achieve this.
“Google.org is delighted to support Working Options to help them significantly scale up their reach to students virtually and through their schools delivery, to ensure that students have access to critical careers content, skills workshops, insight sessions and work opportunities starting from 14 years old.”Liza Belozerova, Senior Manager Google.org EMEA